The call for entries is now open for MIPFormats International Pitch, which this year is sponsored by FOX Alternative Entertainment.
Five finalists (from all entries) will be invited to pitch their formats on stage in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes to a jury featuring a mix of FOX executives and industry experts. In addition to a prize of $5,000 for development, the winning format will be pitched to global buyers by FOX Alternative Entertainment as part of FOX’s $100 million International Unscripted Format Fund.
Producers and content creators can submit entries as of today to the MIPTV/MIPFormats website for original unscripted entertainment formats that have not yet been commissioned, broadcast or exhibited and for which worldwide rights are available. Entries close on February 15.
Allison Wallach, executive VP, head of FOX Alternative Entertainment, said, “The unscripted arena is a cornerstone of the global television ecosystem, and some of FOX’s biggest hits have been based on international formats. Our goal is to create and adapt the hits of tomorrow, and our sponsorship of the MIPFormats International Pitch will keep us at the forefront of introducing that next groundbreaking concept to viewers. The team and I are very much looking forward to reviewing this year’s submissions when the business converges in the Palais in April.”
Lucy Smith, director of MIPTV, said, “The International Pitch at MIPFormats has become one of the highlights of the spring market, and we’re delighted to welcome FOX as this year’s sponsors. It is unique in providing a level playing field for creators and producers of any size, with ideas from anywhere across the globe, to pitch directly to some of the industry’s most experienced format professionals, as witnessed by a live audience of format professionals. It is insightful and entertaining to watch, as well as rewarding for the finalists and ultimate winner.”